'''Washington Irving''' (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American short story writer, essays|essayist
, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short story|short stories
"Rip Van Winkle
" (1819) and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
" (1820), both of which appear in his book ''The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
'' His historical works include biographies of George Washington
, Oliver Goldsmith
, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus
, the Moorish Spain|Moors
and the Alhambra
. Irving served as the United States Ambassador to Spain|U.S. ambassador to Spain
from 1842 to 1846.
He made his literary debut in 1802 with a series of observational letters to the ''Morning Chronicle'', written under the pseudonym Letters of Jonathan Oldstyle|Jonathan Oldstyle
. After moving to...